Special Counsel David Weiss is scheduled to testify in a closed-door session before the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Eastern, regarding his involvement in the five-year investigation of Hunter Biden.
House Republicans are anticipating the interview to resolve contradictions among statements from Weiss, four IRS agents, two prosecutors, and Attorney General Merrick Garland. In June, Garland stated that Weiss “was given complete authority to make all decisions” in the Hunter Biden tax investigation.
It’s anticipated that Weiss will maintain he had complete control over his investigation but will refrain from addressing ongoing inquiries about the Hunter probe.
Weiss’s spokesman, Wyn Hornbuckle, informed reporters that, in line with department policy and the law, Weiss won’t be able to discuss the specifics of his investigation.
Garland’s claim about Weiss’s unrestricted authority contradicts assertions from four IRS informants and two senior prosecutors:
- Four IRS whistleblowers contend the DOJ twice prevented Weiss from bringing stronger charges against Hunter Biden, including in separate jurisdictions, and that Weiss’s probe was politically influenced.
- U.S. Attorney for Washington, DC, Matthew Graves admitted on October 3 that he balked at partnering with Weiss to bring tax charges in 2022 against Hunter Biden, broadly corroborating IRS whistleblowers’ claims Hunter Biden received preferential treatment.
- Acting Assistant Attorney General Stuart Goldberg, the DOJ’s top tax prosecutor, told House investigators on October 25 that Weiss could not bring tax charges against Hunter Biden without high-level approval, according to a transcribed interview.
In June, The New York Times confirmed that the DOJ prevented Weiss from filing charges against Hunter in both Washington, DC and California.
Hunter Biden appears to be under investigation for potential FARA and tax infractions due to Weiss’s inability to guarantee that the president’s son would escape charges related to tax and FARA violations, as per the defunct plea deal hearing transcript. Subsequently, Special Counsel David Weiss filed three gun-related charges against Hunter Biden in September after their previously negotiated plea agreement unraveled.
The agreement allowed Hunter Biden to enter a guilty plea for failing to pay taxes on more than $1.5 million in income during 2017 and 2018, resulting in probation instead of jail time.
In addition, Weiss devised a separate diversion arrangement that granted Hunter immunity from potential future charges, which included a provision to effectively erase a felony gun violation from his criminal record.
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